Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Criminalising Journalism

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  • ange wither,

    Newstalk ZB reports Winston is going to release the tapes at 2pm

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=209189

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 54 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Hill,

    I've found a precedent for Key's memory problems here - Losing memories overnight: a unique form of human amnesia.

    So perhaps he wakes each morning thinking he's just had a cup of tea with John Banks. Poor guy - no wonder he's looking agitated.

    Palmerston North • Since Mar 2008 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Some journalists are producing considered, detailed analysis amidst the sideshow. Gordon Campbell exposes weaknesses around the proposed SOE asset sales, including interviewing economic commentator Brian Gaynor. Worth a read.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard, in reply to merc,

    an honest Key voter

    ...no, I'm not going to bite.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Stephen Hill,

    So you're saying he's been running the country like that guy from 'Memento'? Explains a lot.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • merc, in reply to ange wither,

    That is extremely significant.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • merc, in reply to Tom Beard,

    I tip toed that, I am surrounded by Key fans actually ;-)

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to 3410,

    I predict that the tape will escape, today or tomorrow.

    Yes, as Assange would put it, the information will seek freedom.

    Peters has just announced he will announce the contents at 2pm, before his support has their afternoon nap.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Pete Sime,

    Like most people, I’m tired of adding the suffix “-gate” to indicate any particular scandal. Couldn’t we call this one the Teapot Drone?

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 171 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I’m bloody sure I’m on drugs

    smoking the whole gun?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1944 posts Report Reply

  • Greg Dawson, in reply to Pete Sime,

    Couldn’t we call this one the Teapot Drone

    I thought we'd settled on Cuppa Hacker?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 294 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Greg Dawson,

    Toby's coining of #teapottapes has carried the day ever since

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    3 News is liveblogging Peters' utterances.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan King,

    Interesting the extent to which Winston is still paraphrasing ... We demand quotes!!

    Since Sep 2010 • 185 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler, in reply to Pete Sime,

    Couldn’t we call this one the Teapot Drone?

    I've been arguing for Teapot Moan scandal for a couple of days.
    [On the assumption that either Key or Banks was having a moan about someone they didn't want released.

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3215 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Jonathan King,

    Interesting the extent to which Winston is still paraphrasing … We demand quotes!!

    I'm doubting he has them. It sounds like someone's given him a verbal summary and he's repeating that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Dpf chimes in with a yawn and says the media have been played. The smell of fear palpable.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Pete Sime, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    Even better. I was hunting around for an approiate rhyme.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 171 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams, in reply to Pete Sime,

    Dpf chimes in with a yawn and says the media have been played. The smell of fear palpable.

    Oddily illconsidered of him I thought. David's successfully put some distance between himself and National over the last few years, while never pretending he's not connected, but he'd be wise to stay clear of this trainwreck.

    ETA: his strategy appeared to be to focus on other matters as much as he could and he'd already commented that he thought Key had mishandled it... why now jump into the fray?

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Winston coins the problem for them beautifully...they are enchanted.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I'm doubting he has them. It sounds like someone's given him a verbal summary and he's repeating that.

    Or he could be being very cautious, whilst showboating at the same time. There is an outside chance of jail stretch.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    And what if the tapes reached WikiLeaks or YouTube, or both? The only sure option left would be to take a leaf out of Hosni Mubarak’s book. And we all know how that turned out.

    Also, all the personality cultists being drawn out of the woodwork and making very loud noises would be funny if the whole thing wasn’t so deadly serious.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5443 posts Report Reply

  • HenryB,

    Key would also not respond to a question from TV3 asking if he talked about “getting unbridled power”.

    If MMP is not reinforced by a strong `Yes' vote and if a significant number of the electorate is persuaded that `Supplementary Member' is like MMP then we can truly look forward to near unbridled power. I do wonder if there is going to be a play around this issue between now and the election.

    Palmerston North • Since Sep 2008 • 106 posts Report Reply

  • 81stcolumn,

    There's gotta be a downfall in here somewhere....

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Constitution mentioned for first time on this issue on TV3 liveblog. Rather than a downfall I would like to see a shoring up against the ability for politicians to flaunt so many things, come from this.
    It touches upon the abuse of so many basic rights that we thought were held evident for us.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

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